A quick visit to Santa Cruz

The famous balconies in Santa Cruz de La Palma
November 22, 2017

Cruise ships regularly call into Santa Cruz de La Palma, and I thought people might like suggestions on what to see while they’re here. Of course it might be useful to people staying elsewhere on the island, too. The Tourist Information Office is a distinctive glass building, right outside the entrance to the port, and the staff are very good. But it does tend to attract longish queues when a…

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Las Nieves

May 22, 2017

Las Nieves is a pretty hamlet, in the municipality of Santa Cruz, but about 2 km outside it as the crow flies. If you’re fairly fit, there’s a pretty (but rough and steep) footpath between the two. More importantly, Las Nieves has the most gorgeous church on the island. It’s also one of the oldest, dating from at least 1423 (they had missionaries here before the conquest in 1493). The…

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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

April 9, 2017

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

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Art Exhibition in Santa Cruz

September 9, 2016

Mariana Arranz has an exhibition in Santa Cruz, on the Calle Real until the 15th (Thursday). It’s rather good, and I recommend that you go and see it. I particularly like the portraits (and she takes commissions).

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Carnival!

The poster for Carnival in Santa Cruz de La Palma
February 8, 2016

 UPDATE: Correct date for the 60s wedding Sorry for the gap in posting. I’ve had flu, so I missed the start of Carnival. Here’s the program for Santa Cruz: The rest of the program is HERE. And here’s the program for Los Llanos:   Other dates worth noting: Los Sauces will hold the 60s wedding on Sunday 14th at 6pm. and the sardine’s funeral on Saturday 20th at 9:30 pm.

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